14 COVID-19 patients die, 761 new cases confirmed

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe [Photo/Xinhua]

Fourteen more COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours bringing the death toll to 964.

Over the last couple of days, the number of deaths has increased alarmingly.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe while speaking in Mombasa on Thursday said that 761 new COVID-19 cases were recorded bringing the country’s total cases to 52,616.

Kagwe said that 4,830 samples were tested in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of samples tested so far to 678,000.

The total number of recoveries stand at 35,258 after 426 people recovered.

So far, 1,084 patients are in hospital. Out this number, 35 are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 14 on supplementary oxygen.

Speaking of counties readiness to handle the pandemic, the Health CS urged governors to ensure that they have a minimum of 300 hospital beds to handle any cases that may arise.

“My plea to you as the drivers of health in your counties, particularly those who have not attained these targets is that you deal with this matter as expeditiously as you can… please do not let your county down,” he added.